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X-WATERS ARCTIC 2019

The ultimate race on the Edge of the Earth

August 17-18th
2019

Teriberka village
Murmansk region, Russia

Distances
1 km, 1 arctic mile

Are you crazy enough?
Daredevils Only!

+ 6-8 °C is the expected water temperature in Teriberka Bay in August. We will let our fire not to freeze.

It is the Arctic Ocean, that one we read about during the geography classes, the ocean which became the scene of action for “Two captains” novel and became the scene of life for Chelyuskin, Amundsen and Schmidt. The Ocean of the Arctic convoys and The Northeast Passage. The snow stays here until June and the sun doesn’t set till August.
Is there anything more romantic than swimming race in the ice ocean? There is! Just set up a tent right on the beach with a view of the Northern Pole.

Use Telegram app to chat with other participants https://t.me/xwaters_arctic (open from your phone when the app is installed).

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You can choose one of two distances.

1 km: The starting point take place on a charmingly beautiful sandy beach on the shore of Teriberka Bay. The swimmers will take part in “mini-benidorm”, swim around a cliff island and turn back.

1 arctic mile: The participants will cross the bay and swim from New Teriberka to the Old one.
The real length of the Arctic mile can be between 1900 and 2200 meters depending on the weather. At water temperature below 8C it is 1900 m, above 8C - 2200 meters. In both cases you will cross the Teriberskaya bay from Novaya Teriberka to Staraya Teriberka, only the finish point will be relocated. At water temperature below 6C or other adverse factors the distance can be additionally changed.

When selecting your distance, please, keep in mind that water at 1 mile distance is about 2 degrees colder than at 1 km distance;‑ that's a significant difference at this temperature!

Severe beauty of the North

Teriberka village is among the twenty most popular travel directions in the world according to National Geographic Traveler version. Indeed, it’s worth it! This severe beauty of the northern nature and peculiar way of life of local inhabitants make an inexpressible impression that you are on the Edge of the World, and it is literally true! Since recent time this old fishing village is widely known. It became the place of shooting “Leviathan” movie by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Teriberka was chosen as a backstage for his dramatic narration for a reason. Here, on the intricately rugged sea coast, you can physically feel the breezing of the Arctic. It is the only place in Russia where it is possible to reach the shore of the Arctic Ocean by car. And further, up to the pole, there is nothing else except water and ice.

The water in the Barents Sea is not similar to the water of southern seas, it has a different color, different taste, density and mood. There are peculiar sea dwellers, most of them are very tasty. This place is the northern Mecca of kiters and divers. The hills are studded with mushrooms and berries till late autumn. Even in August the nights are white here - the sum sets not for a long time, there is no full dark even after midnight. The spirit of the gone epoch reigns on the backdrop of enticing northern scenery. The echoes of this epoch are found everywhere - in the windows of abandoned meteostations and houses, in artillery units and half-destroyed wooden ships.
Teriberka village is among the twenty most popular travel directions in the world according to National Geographic Traveler version. Indeed, it’s worth it! This severe beauty of the northern nature and peculiar way of life of local inhabitants make an inexpressible impression that you are on the Edge of the World, and it is literally true! Since recent time this old fishing village is widely known. It became the place of shooting “Leviathan” movie by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Teriberka was chosen as a backstage for his dramatic narration for a reason. Here, on the intricately rugged sea coast, you can physically feel the breezing of the Arctic. It is the only place in Russia where it is possible to reach the shore of the Arctic Ocean by car. And further, up to the pole, there is nothing else except water and ice.

The water in the Barents Sea is not similar to the water of southern seas, it has a different color, different taste, density and mood. There are peculiar sea dwellers, most of them are very tasty. This place is the northern Mecca of kiters and divers. The hills are studded with mushrooms and berries till late autumn. Even in August the nights are white here - the sum sets not for a long time, there is no full dark even after midnight. The spirit of the gone epoch reigns on the backdrop of enticing northern scenery. The echoes of this epoch are found everywhere - in the windows of abandoned meteostations and houses, in artillery units and half-destroyed wooden ships.

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The price of registration fee includes:

- Swimming race participation;
- Swimming cap with Arctic swim logo;
- Finisher medal and diploma;
- Hot feeding after start;
- Photo and video materials of the start;
- Insurance policy for the day of event (insurance coverage 200000 rubles)
- Additional memorable gift from the organizing team.

The price of registration fee includes:

- Swimming race participation;
- Swimming cap with Arctic swim logo;
- Finisher medal and diploma;
- Hot feeding after start;
- Photo and video materials of the start;
- Insurance policy for the day of event (insurance coverage 200000 rubles)
- Additional memorable gift from the organizing team.

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X-WATERS ARCTIC IS YOU!

Konstantin Vasilyev
St. Petersburg
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A special super respect to the organizers of the competitions - @x_waters. Everything was organized at the highest level and with all their heart. Well done. And thank you @head_swimming_russia for excellent ammunition. Without it, this swim would hardly be possible
Martin Kuchenmeister
Graz
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Ice Swimmer, Executive Director International Biathlon Union

I participated at the first Arctic Swim in August 2017 I expected an adventure and I got a really impressive Open water competition at Gods forgotten land. With a really beautiful nature and a wonderful sea. with a watertemperature of about 8° it was perfect to have an amazing neoprenswim in cold water in the mid of summer. It was a really great experience in the family of X-waters.
Paolo Chiarino
Milan
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Ice Swimmer, the participant of the winter swimming
World Cup and extreme international races.

One day this summer I was surfing the internet and I found a web that was presenting a swimming race in the Barents Sea. Wow I said. I already been in the Polar circle for a swimming race but this one is even northern. I thought that it would have been a very nice race but very difficult to organize and for me very far to reach but I booked anyway. I immediately discovered a group of very professional organizer. From the beginning they were very helpful for the Visa procedure and I hadn't any problem in obtaining it in a very short period. As soon as I arrived in Murmansk I felt very comfortable because all the informations for the logistic part of the race were updated and I didn't had any problem in finding the bus to Teriberka on Saturday morning. All the accommodations were ready for everyone. The logistic part of the organization is very important for the athlete and when is managed so well by the organizer is really a great thing. Unfortunately many times you don't find this competence. The races were organized very well and I felt secure every moment of the swim. There were boats and always people watching at me. When you swim in cold water without a wet suit this is what you ask for. On my opinion everything was perfect and I can't find something to blame for but the best thing I found is the friendly spirit we had in the two days of the swims. We were all friends without any competitive feelings and from the organizer to the last swimmer the only thought was to have fun and relax. This is what I am searching on my swimming trip around the world. Thanks for your big job. see you next year. Volga river is waiting for me.
Dmitry Zuev
Moscow
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1852 meters in the icy water (6-8°) of the Arctic Ocean - done! 50 minutes and 9th out of 30 participants. Striking experience and jaw-dropping impressions. Huge gratitude to @x_waters for organizing this crazy party! 
Tatyana Kovalenko
St. Petersburg
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Girls, my congrats with prize-winning places on the Edge of the Earth! Will I be back in 2018? Definitely yes! @x_waters became my great swimming love! I want to do everything together with them!

Agenda

August 17
16.00 - Acclimatization Swim (300 m) and starter packages delivery. / Teriberka beach HERE

August 18
1 mile, 1 km starts. The schedule of starts will be announced the day before, on August 17, depending on the actual weather conditions and the time of the tide. Plan your departure on this day not earlier than 16.00.

VISA SUPPORT

A lot of foreigners need a visa to visit Russia. You can visa request via tour agency but it is more expensive. You may also get it by yourself following our instructions.

There are five steps:
1. Here you can check if a citizen of your country needs a Russian visa.
2. Get the invitation by our official visa partner online usually it costs $25 (depends on your country). If you buy a tour package with registration to the swim, you get it for free.
3. Find the Russian Consulate or Visa application center (such as VFS Global) in your area, here is the list.
4. Collect your documents following the list provided by the Consulate https://visa.kdmid.ru and submit it. The usual Consular fee is €35, and service charge could be about €27 per person.

You can get visa either before or after your registration to the race.
For the first time we promise you to make a refund of the paid entry fee in case of visa refusal.

Feel free to question us.

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